Currently, six states offer online lottery games, and more are considering moving in this direction. Illinois was the first US state to implement an online lottery system, with its online lottery program launching in 2012. The other states that allow online purchases are Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.
When purchasing a lottery ticket online, you will need to provide a valid state ID number and your current address information to ensure that you are a resident of your state. Many lottery websites and applications will also use geolocation to keep track of where you are playing from, though this isn’t always necessary.
Once you’ve successfully completed a purchase, your winnings will be deposited directly into your account. If you’ve won more than a minimum amount, however, you may be required to present yourself in person for the prize. Some websites also have the option to claim your prize for you if you’re unable to do so yourself.